Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Professional responsibilites

Sometimes it’s easy to forget one’s responsibilities as a futurist, but this post reminded me of them:

I am sick and tired of waiting for the personal jet packs we were promised when we were growing up in the 60’s! All those black and white films I saw in school of what the future would be like INCLUDED PERSONAL JET PACKS! It’s 40… years later and even our cars still require that WE STEER THEM (also a lie from those films about the future)…. I want my personal jet pack! WHER IS MY PERSONAL JET PACK!


  1. I agree. I was very put out when, at the Chicago Auto Show, there were Absolutely No Flying Cars.

    The closest approach was a MINI placed on top of a largish cubicle. I know for a fact, though, that MINIs do not stray from the road surface for long, even when leaping into the air at the top of a hill. And I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get the exhaust note to match that Jetsons burbling WE ALL KNOW is the sound that our fully electric flying cars will make.

  2. Well, there’s a reason futurists now back away from specific predictions of the personal jet pack type, and now talk about “scenarios.” No on ever says, “Where’s my scenario?”

  3. Though Daniel said something that sounded a little like “Where’s my scenario?” the other day, but it turned out he wanted to pour his juice into the cat food bowl.

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